Friday, February 11, 2011
No one driving.
Up on the slab today is an album that never sounds outdated to me. John Foxx had a good run with Ultravox before leaving the group to go solo just after a self-financed U.S. tour. "Systems of Romance" was Foxx's last record with Ultravox and basically wrote the template for synth-pop that would be exhausted throughout the 1980's. Foxx'x first solo full length "Metamatic" strips away the sheen found on "Systems of Romance" and drags the listener head first down dark noir corridors. Foxx has since gone on to have a successful career as a photographer, studio engineer, and teacher. Easily one of my top ten 80's synth albums ever.